LAFC, riding the hot hand that is forward Dénis Bouanga, defeated Austin FC 3-0 in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final. Bouanga’s hat trick created a repeat score from that Audi MLS 2022 Cup Playoffs game, and head coach Steve Cherundolo kept the level high during a match sandwiched by their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Here's the rest of the team:
Team of the Matchday (3-4-3, left to right): Aljaz Ivacic (POR) - Franco Escobar (HOU), Matt Miazga (CIN), Mohamed Farsi (CLB) - Jefferson Savarino (RSL), Josh Atencio (SEA), Carles Gil (NE), Julian Gressel (VAN) - Amine Bassi (HOU), Kei Kamara (CHI), Dénis Bouanga (LAFC)
Coach: Steve Cherundolo (LAFC)
Bench: Drake Callender (MIA), Rodrigues (SJ), Sergi Palencia (LAFC), Mark-Anthony Kaye (TOR), Pablo Ruiz (RSL), Lucas Zelarayán (CLB), Thiago Almada (ATL), Jesús Ferreira (DAL), Diego Rubio (COL)